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Comic-Con '11: Producer Joe Roth Says 'Snow White & The Huntsman' Has Scale Of 'Lord Of The Rings'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 25, 2011 12:59 PM
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Rupert Sanders Is Ready To Lose His "Cinematic Virginity" To Snow White & Charlize Theron Says She's Basically Playing A Serial KillerComic-Con may be over but what we saw in San Diego is a strong indication that the box office will continue to take a beating from the superheroes, fairy tales and other high concept offerings over the next year or so. Despite all the talk about studios staying away this year, the convention was still a major circus and the films that did show up tried to grab some positive attention from the notoriously fickle crowd. As transparent as the marketing and pandering can get, especially during the panels where all cast and crew have been coached on exactly which topics to hit and which to avoid in order to stay on the good side of fanboys and girls, the whole thing still kind of works. This writer went into Saturday's panel for Universal's "Snow White & The Huntsman" with next to no interest in it and damn if it didn't end up winning him over, along with the rest of the packed crowd inside Hall H.

Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh Has Completed An 'End Of The Road' Doc; Says 'Cleo' Could Hit The Stage

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  • July 25, 2011 12:05 PM
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Director Says Retirement Still Part Of The Plan Despite Reports Steven Soderbergh, Channing Tatum and MMA fighting champion Gina Carano impressed the notoriously fussy Comic-Con crowd in San Diego this past weekend by showing off the trailer and an intense action/fight sequence to the Academy Award-winning director's new spy-thriller, "Haywire."

Comic-Con '11: Peter Jackson Auditioned (Kinda) For Captain Haddock In 'The Adventures Of Tintin'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 25, 2011 11:04 AM
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Last year Harrison Ford made his very first appearance at Comic-Con, handcuffed and escorted by security as part of an inside joke with Jon Favreau from the set of “Cowboys & Aliens.” This year, we get Steven Spielberg. Who’s next? Maybe George Lucas? Do we even care any more? We digress...

Neil Burger To Direct Untold Story Of 'Bonnie & Clyde' By 'Up In The Air' Writer Sheldon Turner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2011 10:23 AM
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Bryan Singer & Guy Ritchie's "Excalibur" Projects Are DeadIt looks like Neil Burger is finally seeing some dividends after a decade or so in Hollywood. He burst onto the scene with "Interview With The Assassin" in 2002, but four years his sophomore effort, the magician drama "The Illusionist" was overshadowed by another similarly themed movie that came out the same year, none other than Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige." By the time Burger got to his Iraq war drama "The Lucky Ones," audiences had already cooled on the genre but this year, he finally struck gold with "Limitless," the sci-fi tinged thriller that surprised everyone by earning over $150 million worldwide. The success of that film landed Burger his first bonafide tentpole, replacing David O. Russell on the video game adaptation "Uncharted" and now he's adding another project to his growing slate of films, with an Oscar nominated writer in tow.

'The Thin Red Line' Producer & 'Motorcycle Diaries' Writer To Tell Chilean Miners' Story

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2011 9:50 AM
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There is nothing Hollywood likes better than a true life story of those that defied the odds, fought the elements, banded together and rose to triumph over adversity because, quite simply, it's great source material for a movie. So no surprise that last fall, the rescue of thirty-three trapped Chilean miners that riveted the world quickly became fodder for a movie. In fact, there is already one in the can, a quickie job by director Antonio Recio who helmed the “The 33 Of San Jose.” But let's be real, no one is going to see it and a much bigger production with more industry veteran names is gearing up.

Exclusive: First Clip & New Pics From William Friedkin's 'Killer Joe' Starring Matthew McConaughey

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2011 8:25 AM
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While it has been five long years since legendary filmmaker William Friedkin's last film, the underrated psychological thriller "Bug" starring Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon, it seems the director has found a fresh voice and communal spirit in Tracy Letts. The playwright's work served as the source material for "Bug" and Friedkin has once again found inspiration, turning Letts' first play, the black comedy "Killer Joe," into a feature length film.

David Dobkin's 'Arthur & Lancelot' Gets March 15, 2013 Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2011 8:24 AM
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Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and now, Arthur and Lancelot. Fables and fairy-tales continue to get Hollywood studio types excited and when Warner Bros. dropped $2 million last month for David Dobkin's "Arthur & Lancelot" they weren't messing around. As is usual, without a cast or firm start date nailed down, the film already has a release date so Dobkin will have to get his motor running.

'Stargate SG-1' Star Christopher Judge Joins 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2011 7:28 AM
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Yes, Comic-Con is over and regular life begins again, and while geeks were hoping that Christopher Nolan might pop his San Diego cherry this year and bring something -- anything -- from "The Dark Knight Rises," alas it was not to be but perhaps this will tide fans over.

Comic-Con '11: 'Knights of Badassdom' Gets Trailer & First Look Image

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • July 25, 2011 7:25 AM
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LARP Movie Ruled Hall H With A Foam SwordBeing the geekiest panel at Comic-Con's Hall H takes some work, but for our money, the honor goes to the LARP horror-comedy "Knights of Badassdom" and their Saturday nerdfest. For the uninitiated, LARP stands for "Live Action Role-Play," so picture Dungeons & Dragons with costumes and foam swords on a battlefield off a highway somewhere (you'll recall some of this from the subplot and ending of "Role Models"). Before the panel began, actual LARPers in costume led the audience in a shout of "huzzah!" and director Joe Lynch clearly was in awe of his film's Hall H presence, walking on stage and saying, "Holy shit! Hall H rules!" Clearly ecstatic over being at Comic-Con as a presenter rather than an attendee, he said, "I'm LARPing right now, I'm role-playing, I'm a director. That's what we're trying to get across right now: that you can be someone else."

'Wolf Creek 2' Starts Shooting In February 2012, Greg Mclean & John Jarratt Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2011 7:05 AM
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It has been nearly six years since the Aussie horror flick "Wolf Creek" turned the heads of genre film fans around the world. If you think the film about a group of backpackers held captive be a crazed serial killer was just for horror enthusiasts guess again. The film notched seven Australian Film Institute awards, including Best Director for Greg Mclean who followed up his debut shocker with "Rogue," a less impressive man-eating-alligator thriller that starred Sam Worthington. But Mclean is ready to head back to the film that put him on the map, as Mick Taylor is back to carve up more unfortunately travellers in "Wolf Creek 2."

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